It’s hip to be Square!

In 2002 my dad and I created the first square shaped brass press. We designed it, and then dad made it for me for Christmas! Showing beads I made with it in an online forum gallery catapulted us into Lampwork Tool Makers.

When we started selling it, we called it the pillow press. It was a square version of a lentil press. Since then we’ve created a Straight Sided version that is beautiful and feels so nice in the hand. Both styles of Pillow Press are on Sale today! $10.00 off each press, order as many sizes as you want! Discount: HipToBe

This is the press that started it all. The Christmas Gift my dad made for me 12 years ago!


The Pillow has been a fabulous canvas for the artwork of many artists over the years.  Kim Neely of Bluff Road Art Glass really made the press shine with her ZooziiZoo Set, shortly after the press was released!

Zooziizoo set by Bluff Road Art Glass

The Straight Sided Version is one of my all time favorite shapes!  It’s so user friendly and the straight sides allows for beautiful bead holes, every time!

Share the Love!

This is a month we often think about those we love.  It’s also a good month to be getting ready for your Valentine bead making needs!  Let’s share some love!

The Zoozii Heart Presses are each $10.00 off!  Buy as many as you want!  Various sizes and in 2 different formats, slim and puffy!  Simply use the discount code: ShareLove during checkout and the discount will be applied!  If you want to see all the sale presses in one place, I made them their own page!  Sale Hearts

The Puffy Hearts, call the Lovin’, need a little explanation.  They are very easy, but the press isn’t as clearly obvious as the slim/flat hearts, because you make the heart into the press. Here is the tutorial, showing how easy it is to use, and how forgiving it is.  It also allows for tweaks in style.  These are chocolates made by Jennifer Gurganus with the Lovin’ Medium!  Yum!!


Here is a great size comparison for the Sweet Heart options.  The Mini and Small come together is one press.  The Medium Tile and Medium come together in a second press and the large and XL come in their own presses!


Discount Wednesday!

Through the Month of December, I’ll be giving a discount on a selected press, each Wednesday!  This is our first Wednesday, and the discount is for the Snowflake Trio!

snowflakeThis press allows you to make tabs with raised snowflakes in 3 sizes!  18mm, 21mm or 1″.  Great sizes for jewelry, ornaments and pretty packaging accents!  You will receive $10.00 off this press until Midnight tonight!  Please spread the word, so all your friends can get in on this fun deal!

Happy December, and if there is real snow in your life, may it be fluffy and beautiful on the grass, homes and trees, but melt on the roads and walkways by morning!



Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, means a sale!  This is available until Monday, December 1, at Midnight!

If you use the code: Gratitude during check out you will receive 15% off your order.  This applies too all presses and Inspirational mandrels.  It does not apply to Bead Release, standard mandrels or Kati-was-here-tools.  All of those items may be added to your cart to save on shipping, but will not be discounted!

All orders will include a sample of the absolutely amazing doTerra Wild Orange essential oil!  Are you familiar with essential oils?  If now, and you’d like to learn a little more about them, and how they can support you as a glass artist, please head over to!  I have created a site to share some tips and tricks for those who want to support their physical, mental, emotional, and creative lives with doTerra!  If you have questions or want to talk about how these could support you, in your specific situation, please contact me!  I would love to share more information.

Would you like to have even more fun?
Contact me to order the Empowered Healthy Lampworker Kit and receive a FREE reference book, giving you all the support you need to use your essential oils to support your health and wellness.  AND a FREE Zoozii’s Press!  $50.00 press of your choosing!  I will also send you a FREE Wild Orange Essential oil!  Wild orange is the Oil of Abundance and Creativity!  The white device pictured below is a diffuser.  You can simply add your choice of essential oils and water to this device and it will release an amazing mist of essential oils!  Great for using in the studio, bedroom, office, or anywhere you want to support your mood and enhance your thought process.

I love to diffuse Wild Orange and Frankincense!  Both great for calming anxiety, soothing nerves, and increasing creativity.  Perfect for the studio!

Also in this kit, is a fabulous storage box, the Life Long Vitality, which are supplements that have changed my life!  The toothpaste is amazing and delicious!  That blue tube on the right…you will love this!  Great for supporting muscles and joints, and reducing the discomfort that can come from over exertion!  The essential oils you will love are Breathe – to support your respiratory system, two great mood supports are the Serenity and Balance leaving you calm, relaxed and well grounded.  Slim and Sassy is a great metabolic blend…I could go on and on, but let’s chat!  This is a great place to start for the Lampworker that wants it all!

If you’d rather dip your toes in the Essential Oil bath (because baths with essential oils are amazing!) then you could select the Studio Starter Kit.  This kit gives you a diffuser, the Frankincense mentioned above, Breathe for your Respiratory System, Deep Blue Oil for those wrists and shoulders after a long torch session, Lavendar for that soothing and relaxing, and others!  If you opt for this way of getting started I’ll still send you a FREE reference book ($29.00 value) and a FREE bottle of Wild Orange Essential oils, because every glass artist needs to be able to pamper her muse!  You will also receive a 25% off coupon for a Zoozii Press of up to $55.00.



Happy 4th of July!

Dad has retired!  He did that a few years ago, but the economy got him back to work for the past few years.  Finally, he’s back with Zoozii’s full time and keeping us well stocked with presses.   We’ve had a lot of transitions this year, and Dad retiring is by far the best one!!  We have weathered some of the others and though we did have some difficulties with shipping/supplies we are back to being well stocked with tools, bead release and mandrels!!  Thank you all for your patience while we worked through these things.  I can’t tell you how happy I am for this piece to be running smoothly once again!!!

The ZooziiCrew is sad to be missing the Gathering this year!  If you are going, be sure to check your Gathering Bag for a little something from us, that will be fun to use while you are there!

Another good thing in my life though all the ups and downs has been my doTerra Essential Oils. We have used them for many areas in our life, most notably emotional support!  If you experience emotional struggles I’d love to connect with you to help you learn more about the oils.  doTerra has helped greatly with depression/mood issues this year!  The ways these have impacted my life are numerous so I’m excited to share them with all of you!  I have started a blog, “Essential Lampworking” to share how the oils an benefit the glass artist!  This weekend I’m offering a free Wild Orange through that blog, so go check it out! If you have questions about the oils, let me know!

I have gotten back to the torch a bit lately.  It’s been fun to have that creative outlet back!  I have been obsessed with my Straight Sided Lentil!  I’ve been using it to make hollow beads!  Can’t wait to show you those when I get the pictures right!

Thank you so much for coming to this blog, being interested in what is up with the ZooziiCrew and continuing to use our tools to create the canvas for your artwork!  


Back from the Gathering!

Gathering 2013 was my favorite so far.  I had so much fun!  This year afforded a lot more hanging out then in years past, which really increased the fun factor.  I have known many fellow Gathering attendees for many years, and met a lot of great new people, as well as got to spend time with many people I generally just see in passing.  I won’t list all the great folks whose company I enjoyed, but this was tons of fun, and thank you to everyone who spent time with me!  You were all great!!

This was the first year I taught at the Gathering.  I instructed to mini workshops, 7-10pm on Wednesday and Thursday!  I went knowing Wednesday was full, but Thursday only had 4 people enrolled.  I was so excited that Wednesday went so well that I had several more people sign up for Thursday giving me 2 full classes!!  We discussed how to approach shaping tools and how to trouble shoot when things aren’t going quite right.  The students did a great job and everyone said they learned what they were hoping to, so that was all I could hope for!  Ellen Gaimari and Kerry Bogert were fabulous TAs and I enjoyed my time with both of them.

We had a smaller number of attendees this year, but a very supportive group.  Thank you to everyone who supported us and the other vendors!

Inspiration was bountiful this year, as is always expected.  I was able to several of the presenters because the vendor area was right next door so I could slip in, watch for a while and still be around for my parents and customers with questions.  It was a great set up.  Jen Geldard did a fabulous demo of adding small glass components in the flame.  I’m itching to try that.  Holly and Ali made me green with envy over their stringer control and ability to work on one thing for hours.  Not my nature at all, but I am going to try to extend the time I work on one piece, just to see where I can go with that.  Libby showed how she makes her beautiful silvered glass pods, and I fully intend to give it a go.  I liked how she worked logically in a specific order, so the steps didn’t get in each other’s way.  I also loved her perspective on glass, and our history.  She pointed out that if you were a painter and had the opportunity to talk the the greats of the past, that gave the foundation of the art, like Picasso and Renoir, of course you would.  We are lucky to have our Picassos and Renoirs in the room with us, at the Gathering, and we should take the opportunity to talk with them, watch them, learn from them. I got bits and pieces of a couple other presentations and was impressed with what everyone was sharing.

The Bead Bizarre was stunning.  Getting to see the work up close, talk to the artists and and be inspired.  It’s one of my favorite parts of the Gathering each year.

The show that was onsite had some absolutely amazing pieces in it.  The talent in the members of the ISGB is really awe inspiring.  I talked for quite some time with Dvora about her piece, and was amazed with the amount of time spent on not just the whole necklace, but each individual piece.  She made cabochons one of which was done using a technique she learned from Bronwen that involves painting on glass and several firings.  Another was made by layer two colors of glass and carving into the top layer to reveal the one underneath, add to that some stunning silver work, itty bitty spacers, a blown glass piece that held the most beautiful beach sand I’ve ever seen.  It was amazing.  And talking to her was the highlight of the show for me.

I came home with glass, tools and other random goodies, along with lots of inspiration to get back to the torch.  Oh, and Beads of Courage was there, and they need more beads!  So if you have some time to make up a batch and send them along, they would really appreciate it.

After the Gathering I stayed an extra couple days to hang out with the fabulous Kerry Bogert.  She was the most delightful hostess, and her family was so great.  We had a lot of fun, including a marathon day of antiquing, checking our her fabulous Interweave press library…since she is the Acquisitions Editor for Interweave now, she has a wonderful selection of books.  I found a couple I need to pick up, and ordered another that isn’t from Interweave but is self published and is the most beautiful book about glass beads I’ve ever seen.  I’ll tell you all about it when my very own copy…ordered on the spot from Kerry’s living room, arrives.   I also got to meet the horses that reside near her studio, check out her studio, where I got to see her well loved ZooziiTools all neatly arranged, and relax on her deck.

I had wonderful pictures of all the fun, but had a phone malfunction, so there is not much to show, but I’m looking forward to Houston 2014!  Will you be there too?  I hope so.

Discount for the Gathering!

Going to the Gathering?

Have your wishlist all made out?

Want to pre-order, have us bring it to you at the Gathering, and receive 10% off your order?

  • Place an order online, use code: preorder
  • Select “Pick up at Gathering” as your shipping method.
  • We will make and bring your tools to the Gathering, and they will be set aside ready for you to pick up.

Your order will be 10% off, AND anything you purchase at the Gathering will also be 10% off, so you can still browse while you are there!

Does it get better than that?

This offer expires July 12 to ensure we have time to fill all orders before we head out for the Gathering!

Did you see the new Straight Sided Pillows?  Yes, they are awesome!